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How to Get Rid of Fruit Flies Fast

Pesky fruit flies are always a problem during the hot days of summer. Just by setting a bowl of fruit out on the counter, you invite these annoying creatures to make themselves at home. Luckily, with these simple DIY hacks you can learn how to get rid of fruit flies once and for all.

The Fruit Fly Trap

Flickr/ Smabs Sputzer
Flickr/ Smabs Sputzer

With just a little bit of cheap beer and tomatoes, you can make this nifty fruit fly trap. After placing these items in a glass, simply make a makeshift funnel out of paper. Just remember to make the opening of the cone fairly small so the flies can’t get back out again.

Place the funnel inside the glass and wait for the magic to happen. If you don’t have these ingredients on hand, you can also use a little apple cider vinegar and dish detergent instead.

Lemongrass Spray

Flickr/ Roger H. Goun
Flickr/ Roger H. Goun

Another great hack is the lemongrass spray bottle. With just 10 drops of lemongrass essential oil and two ounces of hot water, you can easily keep fruit flies away. Spray this mixture along doorways and windowsills or anywhere you see a fruit fly problem. You can even spray it directly on the fruit flies to get them to go away. It will smell great to you, but the flies will hate it!

Vinegar and Boiling Water

Flickr/ Alexis.j.
Flickr/ Alexis.j.

Fruit flies will venture down your drains to reproduce. To kill them in this hard to reach area, mix together equal parts of white vinegar and boiling water and simply pour the mixture down the drain. Make sure you keep the area around your drain dry and repeat as necessary.

Clove Apple

Flickr/ Kim Siever
Flickr/ Kim Siever
Flickr/ kristine brown
Flickr/ kristine brown

Fruit flies also hate the smell of apples and cloves. So, take a fresh apple and stick several pieces of clove into it. Set the apple anywhere you are having issues with fruit flies to keep them away. You can even place the apple outside or use it as a decoration on your counter.

Burn Incense

Flickr/ David Kotai
Flickr/ David Kotai

Burning incense in the room where you have a fruit fly problem will essentially suffocate them. Plus, you will get a fresh new scent in the room. You can also use a blow dryer to incinerate the flies and help with the issue even more.

If you are struggling to keep a fruit fly infestation under control, give these hacks a try. They are easy to use and cost-effective at the same time. Before you know it, you will once again be able to enjoy your fruit in peace.

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